Project 17

Is there a practical reason you cannot return to your country of origin?


If there is no legal reason why you cannot go back to your country of origin, the local authority should look at whether there are any practical reasons stopping you from returning.


A practical reason could be that you do not have enough money to travel to your home country, or you do not have a valid passport or travel document. In this situation, the local authority should support you for a temporary period while they (or you) arrange for voluntary return to your country of origin. More information about voluntary returns can be found here.


If you decide that you do not want to return to your country origin, the local authority should decide whether there are any other human rights reasons stopping you from going back to your home country.


If no reasons are identified, the local authority can refuse to help you and your children under section 17, even if this means you will be homeless.


You should be aware that if your children will be at risk (for example because they will be homeless) the local authority may still have a duty to look after your children, even if they cannot help you.





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